I am interested in ways that science influences narratives about what it means to be human, especially in regards to our origins and place in the universe.  Based on data from space probes and robots, scientists are painting a vast and complex picture about the beginnings of our solar system.  What new kinds of stories or myths about our origins could we craft to include our place and significance in this immense scene?  Hoping to find a way to playfully engage with this question, I have been making contraptions that generate live video of imaginary astronomical objects and space-scapes.  The contraptions consist of televisions connected to small cameras focused on mixed media sculptural arrangements, somewhat like dioramas.  I strive for a balance between high craftsmanship and intuitive tinkering, seeking to create work that exposes the process of its own making.  I also attempt to include visitors in the live video, enticing them to perform in front of the camera by interacting with the contraptions.  To do this, I borrow visual effects strategies developed for science fiction film to optically composite viewers into imaginary vistas.  Each piece creates a different scale relationship between the viewer’s body and the landscapes.  Currently, photographs of asteroids and impact craters inspire the imagery for my work. These images function as signifiers of beginnings:  asteroids harbor the essential elements for life and impact craters are evidence of the transference of the possibility of life from one celestial body to another.